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The Moral Wardrobe: Wear Anywhere OESH Shoes, 3-D Printed in Charlottesville



A few weeks ago, I was checking the StyleWise inbox when a familiar name caught my attention. I opened the email to discover that my friend, Maggie, writer of this piece on badass grandmas, had recently started working for a local shoe company called OESH, and that they were interested in doing a collaboration (they provided these sandals for review).

This would have been exciting regardless, but it gets better. Not only does OESH produce the bulk of their shoes less than ten minutes from my house (in a town not known for manufacturing), they 3-D print the soles! They recently won a National Science Foundation grant to perfect their custom printers, which use biodegradable pellets instead of the traditional cording, making the process more efficient and less prone to error. OESH is also a woman owned, woman operated company where employees like Maggie actually fabricate the 3-D printers, design the shoes, and program the printers on site. Basically, it's the coolest!



Maggie and owner, Casey (that's Dr. Kerrigan to you - she was a tenured professor before quitting to start OESH), gave me a tour of the operation one muggy Saturday afternoon, showing me the ins and outs of printer maintenance and design and letting me know why OESH products are superior to traditional footwear, namely because the shape and internal structure of all OESH shoes were designed with 20+ years of studies on gait (the way people walk) in mind.

OESH makes injection-molded sneakers, too, and they're careful to avoid the super toxic glues used in traditional footwear. They're working on developing the right 3-D printed design for flats that won't require glue at all. Almost all base materials are sourced in the US, as well, with many of the sandal strap varieties made in neighboring Waynesboro. The exception is the sneaker tops - they source those from China - because high performance athletic textiles just aren't available in the US.

Ethical Details: Dress - thrifted; Bracelet - c/o Candorra Artisans; Athena Sandals in Snapdragon - c/o OESH

I'm wearing the Athena Sandals in vibrant Snapdragon yellow, but this style comes in lots of other colors. The Athena sandal retails for $135.00. See another way I wore them here

I wore these every day for 7 days when I was out of town a couple weeks ago and my feet have never been happier. I'm serious. It's tempting to wear them every day with everything. And somehow they work with everything, even boho maxi dresses.

OESH just released a new sandal style, the Artemis, and StyleWise readers will have a chance to win a pair in the color of your choice! Stay tuned for tomorrow's giveaway post here and on Instagram!

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The Ethical Closet: Summer Closet Update + Spring Changes

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In March, I shared my Spring Closet Update, but I made a few changes as time went on and it became clear that a few things I thought would be perfect didn't quite measure up.

Firstly, the lovely Mata Traders knit dress I shared dyed not only my purse, but my body, even after several washes, so I had to send that one back as a defective item. It was easy to replace it with the National Picnic dress I reviewed in April. Secondly, I realized that the TEVA sandals I bought occupied the same super-casual niche in my wardrobe as my black Birkenstocks, but were more challenging to wear in an outfit, so I donated those to a local thrift shop. To replace them, I ordered the Nisolo Serena Sandals, as they're more streamlined and dressy than the sandals currently in my closet.

My Summer Closet Update includes:
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LA Relaxed Jade Off the Shoulder Top, $58


This top is truly perfect. Soft, flowy, and lightweight with tiny stripes. I had been on the hunt for an off the shoulder top and I ultimately chose this one because the elastic at the neckline allows me to wear it more like a boat neck top if I want extra coverage. Made in LA of ecofriendly Modal.

Everlane Cotton Striped Dress, $38 (purchased with store credit)


This is definitely more of a beach dress, but the swingy shape and dropped shoulder make it feel retro 1980s, which is sort of cool. I like pairing it with my Sseko Designs D'orsays*. Made with transparent manufacturing practices in Vietnam. Shop via my referral link.

Everlane Cotton Tank, $15


This tank has a slightly oversized, long fit without being slouchy or sloppy. It looks great tucked into skirts and high waist pants. Made in LA. Shop via my referral link.

Eileen Fisher Cropped Boyfriend Jeans, purchased with thredUP credit


I scored these secondhand, but they're still available at Neiman Marcus. I like loose fit jeans for the summer, because they provide better aeration. Made with organic cotton in the USA. Shop thredUP via my referral link for $10 off your first purchase.

Nisolo Serena Sandals, $73.00 (received $25 off through referral link)


Thanks for your feedback on my Ethical Black Sandals post. You all helped me narrow down the selection to something that feels classic and versatile. Made ethically in Peru. Shop via my referral link for $25 off.

For some reason, it's been more difficult than usual to transition into summer dressing. I had developed a dependable uniform of tees, jeans, and sweaters over the winter. Since everything was relatively neutral, it was super easy to get dressed in the morning. But I enjoy wearing patterned skirts and quirky items when it's warm and sunny, so I've had to get back into the swing of planning outfits ahead of time. These easy-to-wear additions are making the transition less intimidating.


The Moral Wardrobe: Victoria Road's Medallion Split Collar Tunic

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As a part of our collaboration, Victoria Road sent me the soft-as-silk Medallion Split Collar Tunic to review. This is probably the highest quality thing in my closet. It's made of fine, woven 100% cotton with subtle champagne-toned embroidery along the neckline and hem, and I just feel so elegant in it.

Elegant is not normally the way I describe myself, so it's a real pleasure to feel so put together in something that's also easy to put on and easy to wear. I wore it for a half day at work - where my volunteers oohed and awwed over it - then to run errands around town and, though it's crinkled slightly from movement and prolonged sitting, it still looks great. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, too, so it's offering some nice aeration for the sudden humidity that's taken hold of Virginia in the last couple of days.

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Ethical Details: Medallion Split Collar Tunic - c/o Victoria Road; Shorts - old; Earrings - Hannah Naomi; Shoes - Sseko Designs via MadeFAIR

I've got a few summer weddings to attend, and I'd been looking for a blouse that was a bit more formal than my standard Everlane t-shirt to wear tucked into skirts. I think this tunic will pair well with a nice, black flouncy skirt since the neckline makes such a statement, and the fabric lays so well it feels dressy without the need for much bedazzling.

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The Medallion Split Collar tunic was made ethically at Victoria Road's private factory in Lahore, Pakistan. It retails for $97.00, a small investment, but it's something that is timeless enough to wear forever and ever. Plus, it's forgiving shape means it will continue to be wearable even if I gain or lose a few pounds. The cotton fabric is also washable.

I would say this item runs true to size. I'm wearing a Small here.

New! I'm going to try to remember to tell you about the way items I feature on StyleWise were packaged...

This item came in a 100% recycled packing envelope printed with water based inks. The blouse was wrapped in a plastic liner.

Do you have anything by Victoria Road? If so, what item? 

I would love to know what you think. Also, make sure to read the interview with the founders of Victoria Road here.

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the moral wardrobe: favorites

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lavender fair trade top
black and white skirt
betula birkenstock black sandals
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Ethical Details: Top - c/o Gaia Couture (RIP); Skirt - secondhand; Shoes - Betula

It's always obvious whether I feel confident in what I'm wearing in my outfit photos. If I can't get a natural looking, happy shot, I give up on the photos and seriously reconsider the things I'm wearing. You can probably tell that I love this outfit. I got this skirt on ebay a couple of years ago on a whim and wear it at least once a week; the Betula sandals are comfortable and fashion forward at the same time; and the top fits me like a glove and has the most interesting neckline I've ever seen. Putting them together is outfit heaven. 

Plus, when I was taking these photos a butterfly danced across the yard, so I couldn't help but feel happy. 

an ethical outfit: poolside at the retreat center

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Daniel and I are headed out to our annual church camp retreat this weekend. This will be our second year going. If you've been reading Style Wise for awhile, you may recall that our car broke down on the interstate last time around. We were stranded in the hot summer sun until the caravan of other drivers headed to camp spotted us on the side of the road. It was quite the adventure.

The retreat weekend itself was marvelous and I think I appreciated the time with friends learning Gospel songs by ear, reading, and playing ridiculous games all the more because of the way they rallied around us after the car-tastrophe. I'm looking forward to another year of peace and friendship (and hopefully the car will get us all the way there this time around!)

the moral wardrobe: royal

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Just me in my favorite vintage midi skirt again. Crazy patterned skirts and pants is (are?) pretty much my signature look. It's important to know your signature look in case you become famous and need to share that information with People or Us Weekly.

I meant to take an hour long nap after working the opening shift at work today, but I ended up staying in bed for nearly 3 hours. After hour one, I awoke and heard the mail man talking to Daniel, so of course I immediately dozed off again and dreamt that the mail man stole our house key with the intent to break in at a later date. Daniel chased him all around the neighborhood. It's a sad dream, really, because our mail man is awesome in real life.

Oh! Did I tell you I'm modeling in the Floyd Fest fashion show this year? I just met the team and consulted with hair and makeup and they decided to dye my hair lavender! My appointment's in a couple weeks. I get to wear sustainable Synergy clothing and pretend I'm from The Capitol in The Hunger Games.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - thrifted

  • Skirt - thrifted

  • Necklace - handmade via etsy

  • Shoes - Old Navy (old)


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an ethical outfit: farmers' market


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The one good thing about winter (besides the temporary thrill of snow) is that it makes warm weather feel like paradise. I'm having fun creating virtual outfits fit for all kinds of outdoor activities.

I don't attend the Saturday Farmers' Market as often as I should, but I want to make sure to go when my friend from Florida comes to town in a couple weeks. Local produce, food trucks, flowers, people watching, a guy who makes "Australian" pies - even if we don't buy anything, it's fun to look around.

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an ethical outfit: weekend sightseeing


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sightseeing by fracturedradiance featuring stud earrings

Simple, feminine, and comfortable for a quick weekend away. Daniel and I plan to make frequent weekend trips this summer. Richmond, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach - I'm excited for the time and freedom to explore the state more and revisit favorite places. Of course, our car doesn't have air conditioning, so we'll have to take several gallons of cold water with us to make it work.

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